Microsoft in July announced that it was relaunching the Xbox Live Gold, its online subscription service that allows players to play multiplayer games, as Xbox Game Pass Core. it will finally be launched today, and it not only gives players access to multiplayer features but also free games. For the unaware, Microsoft has another subscription service for the Xbox called Xbox Game Pass that features a vast library of games that players can play without having to purchase each one separately, along with day-one access to new games. Xbox’s most popular subscription is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which offers a catalog of more than 400 Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games as well as access to day-one releases.
With Xbox Game Pass Core, Microsoft has announced that it is combining the multiplayer functionality of Xbox Live which debuted in 2002 with the original Xbox, with the features of Xbox Game Pass. Unlike the Xbox Game Pass which offers a catalog of more than 400 Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox games as well as access to day-one releases, the Xbox Game Pass Core will offer select titles from the Game Pass library to players, along with multiplayer features.
Microsoft initially announced a list of 25 games in July that would be available with the Xbox Game Pass Core on launch. However, it has now revealed a full list of 36 games that are coming to Xbox Game Pass Core and will be available to play starting today. These games include Fallout 4, Elder Scrolls Online, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Vampire Survivors, Stardew Valley, and more.
Games coming to Xbox Game Pass Core on launch
DOOM Eternal Standard Edition
Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition
Gears 5 Game of the Year Edition
Golf with your Friends
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo Wars 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Human Fall Flat
Ori & the Will of the Wisps
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Slay the Spire
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
The Elder Scrolls Online
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
Additionally, Xbox Game Pass Core will also offer exclusive member deals & discounts, and the game library will be updated 2-3 times a year. The Xbox Game Pass Core will cost $9.99 a month in the US, and existing Xbox Live Gold subscribers do not need to do anything, as their account will automatically be migrated to the Xbox Game Pass Core service.